Thursday, December 29, 2011
Baked Haddock (any white fish can be substituted!)
Sprinkle haddock fillets with Old Bay seasoning and top with sliced roma tomatoes (as desired). Bake @ 425 degrees for 12 minutes (fish will flake when done). This was an easy and satisfying lunch when paired with a sauteed veggie medley (whatever was in the veggie bin) and warm tea.
When entertaining around a holiday or other special occasion, try combining the food served with a gift idea. For example, I had my parents over for dinner last night, and served tandoori chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, and forbidden wild rice. As a holiday present, I bought the same rice blend and a rice cooker for them to replicate the meal at home! I could have also made the same tandoori spice blend and filled a decorative jar with a recipe card attached for easy meal ideas.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Get a Head Start on 2012 Fitness Resolutions
Tips for staying healthy through holiday travel, temptations
With all those parties, tempting foods and travel, it can be a challenge to stick with your fitness program during the holidays. But doing so can give you extra energy and help you get a good start on a healthful new year.
Whether you're at home for the holidays or traveling, it is important to stay on your path to fitness during the holidays. Maintaining your workout routine will help you resist overindulging at holiday meals and parties.
- When packing for a trip, include an elastic resistance band so you can do strength-training exercises when you're not at the gym. You might also consider buying a new fitness DVD for your trip so that you can have fun trying something new.
- If you're staying at a hotel, find out if it has a fitness center and if it does, pack exercise clothes and take advantage of the workout opportunity.
- Make fitness a family activity. For example, going for a family walk, having a pick-up football game or building a snowman are all ways to get exercise and have holiday fun at the same time.
- If you're traveling by car, stop frequently to get out, walk and stretch. Promote blood flow in your arms by making circles with your shoulders and wrists.
- To save calories and money, pack healthy snacks like trail mix and fresh fruit.
- Eating a healthy meal before you go to holiday get-togethers will help limit your consumption of unhealthy party foods.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol, which adds calories and affects your ability to make decisions about healthy eating.
You can still enjoy the holidays without wrecking your fitness plan. The holidays are about spending time together. So enjoy the conversation and company and limit the cookies.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Saturday, December 10, 2011
- makes 15-16 cookies (depending on cookie cutter and thickness)
- Prep time: 15 minutes
- Bake time: 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness
- 1 Cup Almond Meal
- 1/2 Cup Coconut flour
- 1 tsp. of baking soda
- 1 tsp. of baking powder
- 1/2 C. Applesauce
- 3 Tbs Ground flax seed
- 1/2 tsp. gaur gum
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 3 tsp. Stevia
- 1/3 C. Agave Nectar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. Ginger
- In one bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients in one bowl
- In another bowl mix the remaining ingredients together using an electric mixer.
- Combine both mixtures together
- Sprinkle a little coconut flour onto part of counter and roll out the dough for desired thickness
- Use cookie cutter or bottom of a cup to cut out your cookie shapes
- Spread on non-stick cookie sheet
- Bake 12-15 minutes depending how thick your cookies are.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
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My recent purchase at Global Food market included:
Sunday, November 27, 2011
What’s a Thanksgiving dinner without turkey? Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein, if you pass on the skin. Instead of basting the bird with oil or butter, just spray it with pan spray. Or, cook it in a brown paper bag to keep it nice and moist without all the fat.
A nutrition superstar! Loaded with antioxidants, like vitamin C and beta-carotene, sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of potassium. Eat the skins and you’ll get lots of fiber, too. Keep this delectable vegetable simple; just bake fresh sweet potatoes and serve. Try to avoid the usual over-processed, too sweet, high-fat sweet potato casserole made with canned sweet potatoes and marshmallow topping.
I know what you’re thinking: mashed potatoes don’t fall into the healthy food list. But, they can. Potatoes are fat-free; have more potassium than bananas; are high in C and B vitamins; and they are high in fiber when you leave the skin on. Potatoes get a bad name from the stuff (butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, etc.) that we typically top them with. Try making skin-on mashed potatoes. Scrub potatoes and dice in ¼ to ½ inch pieces. Cook until tender. Drain well and mash with reduced sodium chicken broth, instead of milk and butter. Or, use low-fat milk and just a small amount of butter. Season to taste.
Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also are a good source of vitamin A, fiber, potassium and folate. Try them steamed and sprinkled with slivered almonds. If you must have the green bean casserole, make it with lower fat versions of the typical ingredients.
Perhaps they are not on everyone’s holiday table, but they should be. Brussels sprouts are a nutrition powerhouse, containing anticancer phytochemicals, as well as being an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fiber. My favorite way to fix them is to simply drizzle them with olive oil and roast in a hot oven until tender. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and you’re done.
Cranberries are packed with vitamin C and have a fair amount of fiber. They also contain antioxidants that can help prevent urinary tract infections. Ditch the canned sauce, though. This is often high in sugar. Instead, cook your own berries and grind or chop them along with other fruit to make a refreshingly sweet-tart salad.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and fiber. Pumpkin by itself is a low-calorie food. Too often, though, the only way we eat it is to mix it with eggs, sugar and evaporated milk and bake it in a pie. You can lighten up your pie recipe by using skim evaporated milk, cutting the sugar by 1/3 to ½ cup, and using a graham cracker or low-fat crust. Keep the whipped cream topping to a small amount or skip it. Keep canned pumpkin on hand all year and use it to make low-fat muffins. Just mix a cake or brownie mix (any flavor) with a can of pumpkin. Nothing else. Mix well and bake as muffins. You can add spices, nuts or fruit, if desired.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
"Good food is wise medicine."
~Alison Levitt M.D., Doctor in the Kitchen
How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables
~ Tips from The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution
Over 65% of parents report problems getting their children to eat vegetables. Kids should eat 3-5 servings per day, but a third of kids don't eat a single serving of vegetables on a given day. There are easy ways to encourage your kids to eat -- and enjoy! -- vegetables. Try some of these tips.
~ Put vegetables on a pedestal.
~ Name the star of the show.
Routinely serve two vegetables at dinner so that you double the chance your child will eat at least one. Plus, seeing two vegetables will build an expectation that vegetables are important.
Excerpted from The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution (McGraw-Hill) by Elizabeth Pantley
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Moringa’s Antioxidant And Anti-inflammatory Components
For people who are interested in finding the most effective health food products in the market, you are probably looking for a natural cure that will do more than just help you lose weight or improve your immune system. You want a product that is all natural and which will improve various areas of your health. This means that you will want a natural cure that will improve your overall bodily health. It would probably also be a great bonus if the product was affordable, as opposed to some of these other health products that cost too much money for a small amount. In the end, many of these other products do not even work. This is why Moringa is becoming the most popular natural health supplement in the world.
What can Moringa do? For one, this natural plant has antioxidant components. When we talk about antioxidants, we are talking about important substances that your body needs to neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants will not only clean out your body and protect you from harmful substances, but they will also improve your skin. You probably can not think of many other health products that will actually improve the way you look and the way you feel. This is an amazing plant that can improve your total bodily health.
You should also know that Moringa has an anti-inflammatory component. This means that this plan can actually ease your blood pressure since it stops inflammation in the blood. This plant will also help those who have arthritis and other conditions that lead to inflammation of the joints. This plant when taken as a tea or in powder form will lower the swelling and the inflammation, thereby reducing the pain and discomfort too. If you understand the importance of these components, then you understand that this plant has miracle qualities.
If you are wondering why you have never heard of Moringa before, then you should not feel left out. This plant’s miracle components of antioxidants and anti-inflammation are now just being discovered by the western cultures while this plant has actually been in use in Asia for centuries. The Africans have also used this wonderful plant for its ability to cure many diseases and disorders. If you are ready to experience this miracle plant, you can purchase it in many forms online today. This is the only way in the health food market to experience total body health.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
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Friday, November 4, 2011
"Good food is wise medicine."
~Alison Levitt M.D., Doctor in the Kitchen
You are what you eat, so eat well. A stupendous insight of civilizations past has now been confirmed by today's investigative, nutritional sciences. They have shown that what was once called 'The Doctrine of Signatures' was astoundingly correct. It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater. Here is just a short list of examples of Whole Food Signatures.
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.
Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.